Emily and Stanley find a ‘Thing’ crying outside their window. They embark on a series of adventures to find everything he needs for a good night’s sleep… but nothing seems to work. What is troubling the Thing, and why can’t he get to sleep?
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Before reading the story, discuss what the ‘Thing’ might be.
- Read the other books about Emily Brown and make a timeline showing her adventures.
- Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia in the story?
- Rewrite the story as a diary entry from Emily’s point of view… or from the Thing’s point of view.
- Emily visits the Dark and Scary wood. Can you find any synonyms for ‘dark’ and ‘scary’.
- The Thing’s cuddly is found at the top of the twistiest and thorniest tree. Can you think of any more superlatives?
- The author uses capital letters at different points in the story. Can you explain why?
- Can you carry out some research to find out more about the author? Watch this video and think of questions that you would like to ask her:
- The Thing only had one hundred hamburgers and ones small apple for his tea. Can you plan a healthy meal for him?
- Emily Brown and Stanley are trying to sleep when the Thing keeps interrupting them. Why do we need sleep? When do animals sleep? Can you find out about noctural animals?
- Look at the fonts used in the book title and throughout the story. Could you design a new title using interesting and exciting fonts?
- Make a model of the Thing using craft materials.
- Look at the different colours, textures and patterns used in the story. How would you describe them? Can you try to recreate some of them?
- The illustrator created the ‘Thing’ based on the author’s description. Could you design a new ‘Thing’?
- Compose a relaxing tune to help the Thing get to sleep at night.
- Draw a map showing the places that Emily, Stanley and the Thing go to.
- Emily Brown keep helping the Thing but he keeps bothering them. How do you think this makes Emily feel?